[ltt-dev] [RFC PATCH 0/7] priority-boost urcu

Paolo Bonzini pbonzini at redhat.com
Mon Aug 22 05:10:35 EDT 2011

On 08/18/2011 03:30 PM, Steven Rostedt wrote:
>>  In QEMU I added the manual-reset event and use it in the
>>  implementation of RCU.

That was me. :)

> Be careful with this. You better make sure that Microsoft does not hold
> any patents to this method, otherwise all your work will be in vain.

I found the synchronization primitive mentioned in a patent filed 1994, 
so I would be surprised if the primitive itself is younger than 20 years 
(or even younger than 30 years in fact).

The only possibly novel thing is the userspace-only path when there is 
no contention.  Windows events always do a system call, so there is some 
hope it isn't patented.

But if Microsoft did have a patent and it applied, both the 
userspace-RCU and QEMU code would have a problem.  The technique is the 
same independent of whether you call futex primitives directly, or you 
wrap them in an API.


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